Ways to Give

The Student And Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund

Initially endowed by Hughlene and Bill Frank, the College of Arts and Sciences Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund provides resources that can be used to support undergraduate, graduate and faculty experiences. The SAFE Fund provides funding for college priorities and opportunities that arise throughout the year. These unrestricted funds support student and faculty travel, publication support for faculty and student research opportunities. Read more about the SAFE Fund and see a current list of recipients.

Stats

On average the SAFE Fund provides 32 grants per semester.


Faculty and Students are awarded an approximate total of $15,000 per semester.


$25,238.00 was awarded from the Student And Faculty Excellence (SAFE) College Fund to 18 faculty members and 21 undergraduate and graduate students (39 awards) for the 2020-21 academic year to assist with student and faculty travel, publication support for faculty and student research opportunities.


By semester that breaks down to:
Fall 2020 – 11 student awards totaling $3,400 and 10 faculty awards totaling $8,150

Spring 2021 – 10 student awards totaling $5,688; 8 faculty awards totaling $8,000


 

There are two ways to support the SAFE Fund:


Annual Fund

The SAFE Annual Fund allows for the distribution of your contribution in the current year. 

Annual Fund Code: 92633



Endowment

The Hughlene Bostian Frank and William Allen Frank Student And Faculty Excellence Endowment

The SAFE Endowment Fund has been established in order to help future generations of students and faculty. With the SAFE Endowment, only the income earned by long-term investments of donor contributions can be used each year. Gifts to the endowment can include estate bequests and gifts from charitable trusts.

Endowment Fund Code: 97006

SAFE Grant

Dr. Paul Sebastian, SAFE recipient. Photo by University Communications.

SAFE Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Paul Sebastian

SAFE Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Paul SebastianDr. Paul Sebastian, assistant professor, Department of Languages, Literatures and CulturesStudent and Facult...

Dr. William Hicks, associate professor, Department of Government and Justice Studies. Photo submitted.

SAFE Faculty Spotlight: Dr. William Hicks

SAFE Faculty Spotlight: Dr. William Hicks Dr. William Hicks, associate professor, Department of Government and Justice Studies Student and F...

Dr. Nicholas Shaw, Department of Chemistry and Fermentation Sciences, with students from his research group. Photo submitted.

SAFE Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Nicholas Shaw

SAFE Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Nicholas ShawDr. Nicholas Shaw, associate professor, research mentor, Department of Chemistry and Fermentation SciencesStu...

Dr. Micheal Opata

SAFE Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Michael Opata

SAFE Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Michael OpataDr. Michael Opata, assistant professor, Department of BiologyStudent and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) fund recip...

What can your gift support

Here is a breakdown of what your dollars can support for College of Arts and Sciences students and Faculty.

$35

can cover student registration at a state-based or regional conference (especially if the student is presenting at a poster session)

$40

mileage reimbursement to a conference (especially if multiple students apply and can then share a ride)

$50

can purchase supplies for research labs; replace equipment or provide a financial incentive/reward for subjects in a research project

$100

can cover a night of lodging; costs of printing materials for a conference presentation or the purchase of research subject information or participants

$250+

awards a SAFE grant for a student to present at a conference or to purchase materials needed to conduct research

$500

is a typical award amount for a faculty SAFE grant which can be used for numerous things such as to complete a book project; pay a student worker; purchase equipment or assist with travel expenses to present at a conference and much more

Other opportunities for support

There are numerous other needs in the college and the departments that we support. Here are some other ways you can contribute to student and faculty success in App State CAS.

$1,000

per year with a four year commitment provides donors with the opportunity to name a scholarship


$5,000

per year with a five year commitment provides donors with the opportunity to endow a named scholarship


$10,000

covers the cost to hire a full time research assistant


 $12,000+

names a classroom space in the newly renovated Sanford Hall


 $15,000+

 provides one semester's worth of funding for the SAFE Fund grant awards to faculty and students

 

Support

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Join us in supporting students and faculty through the SAFE Fund or contact us to explore other opportunities.